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US air strike targets members of the Islamic State in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. military was quick to respond to President Joe Biden’s promise to retaliate for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport, saying it had used a drone strike to target a member of the Afghan allies of the Islamic State Group kill. Saturday’s strike came amid what the White House was citing as signs that ISIS was planning to strike again as the US-led evacuation from Kabul Airport entered its final days. Biden has set Tuesday as his deadline for completing the exit. Biden approved the drone attack and it was ordered by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, said a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet publicly disclosed.

American forces maintain airlift amid high-threat warnings

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – American forces advanced under increased security and threats of further attack in the final days of the US-led evacuation from Afghanistan after a devastating suicide bombing and US officials said they were a member of the Extremists killed group that the United States hold responsible. A US drone attack in eastern Afghanistan early on Saturday killed a member of the country’s IS branch, the US central command said. President Joe Biden transferred responsibility for Thursday’s suicide bombings to this extremist offshoot group, an enemy of both the West and the Afghan Taliban and known for particularly deadly attacks.

GOP rift widens amid growing hostility towards Afghan refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the US rushes to evacuate Americans and allies from the chaos of Afghanistan, more Republicans are wondering why the US should accept Afghan citizens who have worked side-by-side with Americans, whetting the rifts within the party leadership further tighten in the midterm elections next year. Just over a week ago, with the Taliban’s breathtaking takeover of Afghanistan still in focus, former President Donald Trump made a statement saying, “Civilians and others who have been good to our country … should.” be allowed to seek refuge ”. In recent days, however, he has warned of the alleged dangers posed by those trying desperately to leave their country before a month-end deadline.

Ida plans to meet Louisiana on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Hurricane Ida hit Cuba on Friday and threatened to hit Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, resulting in evacuations in New Orleans and across the coastal region. Ida rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a hurricane with peak winds of 128 km / h on Friday as it crossed western Cuba and entered the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center forecast that Ida would intensify into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane with peak winds of 140 mph (225 km / h) before hitting land along the U.S. Gulf Coast late Sunday. “This will be a life-changing storm for those who are not prepared,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott during a news conference with the Louisiana government on Friday.

RFK assassin approaches freedom with the help of 2 Kennedys

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The California Parole Board voted for the release of Robert F. Kennedy’s bomber Friday after two of RFK’s sons violated the will of several of their siblings, saying they would support his release and prosecutors refused starting to argue that he should be kept behind bars. But the governor will ultimately decide whether Sirhan Sirhan leaves prison. Douglas Kennedy was a toddler when his father was shot dead in 1968. He told a two-person panel that he was moved to tears by Sirhan’s remorse and that the 77-year-old should be released if he poses no threat to others. “I’m overwhelmed just because I see Mr.

Harris holds on to Southeast Asia while crises loom

HONOLULU (AP) – In Singapore, Vice President Kamala Harris stopped to smell the flowers between a foreign policy speech and a round table on supply chain issues. In particular, she examined an orchid the country has named after her – a light fuchsia hybrid called Papilionanda Kamala Harris – a diplomatic honor also bestowed upon former President Barack Obama and then Vice-President Joe Biden on previous visits to the country. “Oh, that’s extraordinary,” she marveled as she took a brief tour of the lush Flower Field Room of Singapore’s iconic Gardens By the Bay on Tuesday. It was a brief – and rare – moment of normalcy for Harris during a diplomatic trip fraught with extraordinary circumstances.

The young father-to-be was among 13 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A young husband with a child on the way. Another man who always wanted to be in the military. A man who wanted to become a sheriff’s deputy after the end of his mission. Heartbreaking details were revealed on Friday about some of the 13 US soldiers who were killed in a horrific suicide attack on Afghanistan’s Kabul airport, which also killed more than 160 Afghans. Eleven Marines, one Marine and one Army soldier were among the dead, while 18 other US soldiers were wounded in Thursday’s bombing attributed to the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State Group. The US said it was the deadliest day for American troops in Afghanistan since 2011.

3 groups of students released in Nigeria within 24 hours

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Authorities in northern Nigeria announced that three different groups of kidnapped students were released within 24 hours, which led to speculation late Friday that the armed men were responsible for a spate of recent kidnappings high ransoms were paid. Among those released are some of the youngest children ever to be taken hostage in Nigeria, a group of 90 high school students who had spent three months in captivity. Hours after these youths were taken to the capital of Niger state, police in Zamfara state announced that 15 older students had also been released there. Then, late on Friday, came the news of a third hostage rescue in Kaduna state.

US intelligence agencies are still divided over the origins of the coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. intelligence agencies remain divided over the origins of the coronavirus but believe China’s leaders were unaware of the virus before the global pandemic began, according to results of a review ordered by President Joe Biden, released on Friday. According to an unclassified abstract, four members of the U.S. intelligence service say with little confidence that the virus was originally transmitted from animal to human. A fifth intelligence agency believes with moderate confidence that the first human infection was linked to a laboratory. Analysts do not believe the virus was developed as a bioweapon, and most authorities believe the virus was not genetically modified.

Water investigation in Brazil raises alarm about extreme drought

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check the calculations, but they all gave the same amazing result. The country with the most freshwater resources on earth has continuously lost 15% of its surface water since 1991. The gradual retreat in the Brazilian portion of the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland in the world, left behind only a quarter of the area it did 30 years ago. And the data only went through 2020 – before this year’s drought, which is Brazil’s worst in nine decades. “When we got the first results, we wondered if there was a problem in the equations,” said Cassio Bernardino, project manager for the environmental group WWF-Brazil, which participated in the survey along with Brazilian universities and local partners such as the Amazon Environmental Research Institutes and international staff such as Google and The Nature Conservancy.

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